Religious organizations that receive state funding for adoption services can not refuse same-sex couples. And that's not likely to change anytime soon, despite the efforts of certain lawmakers. Catholic Charities was one of the largest adoption services in the state ... but its cases and the families it served have moved on to other agencies. The group chose to discontinue that work after the state said it would lose funding unless it treated same-sex couples in civil unions the same as married couples. Catholic organizations say it's their religious right to provide the services in way that respects their beliefs. Zach Wichmann works on Catholic public policy issues. He says Governor Pat Quinn's Administration refused to allow the Department of Children and Family Services to refer cases to Catholic Charities.
" donít think that freedom of religion in this country is based on, or is limited to, just going to church on Sunday. Itís more than that, itís performing the ministries of your church. And child welfare is a ministry of the Catholic church."
The Quinn administration says it won't allow discrimination in adoption and foster care placements.
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